Several homeless persons have been spotted utilizing Seattle public transit as a shelter.

Several homeless persons have been spotted utilizing Seattle public transit as a shelter.

Several homeless persons have been spotted utilizing Seattle public transit as a shelter.
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A video shot in Seattle shows scores of alleged homeless persons sleeping on the city’s public light rail system.

“A distressing video taken by a Sound Transit employee shows roughly 30 homeless persons utilizing light rail as a homeless refuge. What is causing this?” Jason Rantz of KTTH radio tweeted on Monday.
Hundreds of people are slumped over and asleep as the camera sweeps over various Sound Transit carriages. The video was shot on May 2 at the Angle Lake Station, according to Rantz.

A few folks can be seen sleeping over many chairs, while others are awake and resting on their stuff. Similar incidents, according to a Sound Transit staffer, occur frequently.

The “severity of the situation portrayed in the video is highly troubling,” according to a Sound Transit official, although the video of the scenario is “new information for us,” according to Rantz.

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“While most users have a safe and dependable experience during the day,” the spokesman said to Rantz, “issues are significant at times of reduced usage and when support personnel is smaller, such as early in the morning and later in the evening.”

Sound Transit security vendors are in charge of strolling through the vehicles at the end of the line and asking riders to depart. “In this situation, the security provider failed to execute its responsibility,” a spokeswoman stated of the footage.

Last month, Sound Transit’s board of directors agreed to change its fare enforcement processes in order to address equality issues. According to the Seattle Times, the new procedures include increasing the number of warnings provided to nonpaying users to reduce the likelihood of a civil lawsuit; and not removing anyone from the system for nonpayment.

Homelessness in the subway system in other cities, such as New York, led to a drop in ridership early this year, as New Yorkers expressed worries about their safety. In February, Mayor Eric Adams announced a plan to evict homeless people who sought sanctuary in subways.

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